by Kristen Andersen | March 5 | @theartstudiony
The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining longer, and soon enough it’ll be time to trade our winter coats for denim jackets. Snow melts to reveal fertilized earth that will soon bear the fresh blooms of Spring. Following in nature’s footsteps, we can take this time to sow the perfect personal environment for new ideas, fresh energies, and soon-to-be memories.
1. Fresh air
Spread open those curtains and let the sun shine in! Humans need sunlight the same way plants do. There’s got to be a good reason why cats love to spend their time in the sunniest spot in the room. Crack open the windows to get some fresh air circulating. We learned in our earliest science classes; humans breathe in oxygen and out carbon dioxide. Make sure to take a few minutes a day to let the waste riddled air out and fresh, oxygen-rich air in. Taking care of little details like this really can make all the difference.
Categorize your items according to groups that make sense to you. Assign a spot for everything. Notice the items that you find constantly lying around everywhere, then create a spot for them. Only take them out of that spot when it is time to use it, once you are done using it, sacrifice an extra 30 seconds to put the item back in it’s assigned place- your future self will thank you!
3. Take Inventory
Tidying up is the best time to take stock of everything you have and everything you don’t. Take a few moments to write on a note the items you’d like to pick up next time you’re at the store. This way, you won’t have to desperately wrack your brain in the store’s parking lot before going in.
4. Out with the old
Perhaps while taking inventory, you may even notice you have a surplus of a specific item. All of those extra items really do take up a lot of space! Take this time to donate your excessive, no longer used items. Make space for the things you actually do use.
As a final thought, a rule of thumb I always go by, “if it takes under 2 minutes to do, do it now”
Hopefully these tips can be the little nudge you needed to do that thing you’ve been pushing off– finally mark it off your To-Do list so you don’t have to worry about it anymore!